Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Day 73

At the beginning of this past summer,
I was lucky enough to enroll in a 12-person
Artist's Way group that was forming at my church.
The sign-up was on a first come first serve basis,
and I got in just in the nick of time.
We have since finished our 12 weeks of class,
but we became such a cohesive group 
that we all wanted to stay together.
Now we meet monthly,
with two group members choosing an activity
 for the 2-hour evening get together.
I love carving stamps, so I suggested to Faye, my cohost, 
that we do that.
She found some wonderful tutorials online,
using adhesive-backed foam.
I became particularly enamored with this one
from Joggles.
I was playing around cutting out foam stamps this morning,
and you can see my results above.
Now, that was not what I had in mind when I suggested the activity.
I wanted to carve stamps,
but I have become addicted to this method.

I do carve a lot of stamps,
and I use Geninne Zlatkas' book,
as my go-to,
not so much for her motifs, but her carving directions.
Carving is such a peaceful craft -
very contemplative.
I love it.

I carved this butterfly stamp for Maggie's quilt

I don't do very much drawing, so this is my best job
and I think Maggie will like it.

Speaking of Maggie's quilt,
it's coming right along

I managed to get a couple more rows sewn together this afternoon.
My goal is to get them all joined up by the weekend.

Here's how it looks from our house this afternoon

a few trees across the lake are turning

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Day 72

I was certain that rayon,
dyed with the exact same dyes,
using the very same process,
would be spectacular....
but it's not.
I think it's pretty nasty, myself.
I purposely add the yellow dye last,
as I believe it strikes fastest,
so I want to give the other colors a fighting chance.
(correct me if I'm wrong, here).
But in this instance, with the rayon,
the yellow still seems to have stolen the show.

I'm coming along with the piecing together of the rows
on Maggie's quilt.
This morning, I thought I might get all of the rows
sewn together, but then life got in the way.
I hate it when that happens, don't you?

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Day 71

14 x 72" silk charmeuse scarf, 
ice dyed using the same dye powders
as in my two previous days

I am beginning to join rows in Maggie's quilt

I've decided to use the violet and blue polka dotted fabric 
between the rows,
in order to break them up and add a bit more color

My Lilli Pilli Wrap is now officially finished

It is quite long.
I cannot wait to wear it!

I finished the Thorpe hat,
which will go to the Knitting for Munich project

I love stranded knitting, 
and this was a quick and fun pattern in which to use it

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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Day 70

same dyes, but in cotton this time,
the colors are so much more vibrant.
this detail shot reminds me of a red carnation:

I finished Henry's second pillow this morning

the back:

I prefer to construct a 'flap back', so that the pillow form can easily be removed and the cover washed.

it has been raining a lot today

one of our Japanese maples is beginning to change color
ahhhhh: Fall!

here is my Lilli Pilli Wrap, as she is being blocked

if the weather clears tomorrow, I'll snap a picture outside

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Friday, October 09, 2015

Day 69.....a new winner

The results of today's dyeing are above.
I've developed a new technique, 
which seems to be working well for me.
I set up my ice dyeing in the evening, after dinner,
and let the dye do its magic while I sleep.
The fabric is ready to be rinsed in the morning,
and there is very little dye remaining,
making the washout extremely quick.
On the piece above, I used four dyes:
 Golden Yellow, Chinese Red, Leaf Green, and Brightest Blue.
I'm very pleased with the results.
I may try the same blend on cotton this evening,
and see how it goes.

I spent most of today doing catch-up work,
after several busy days out and about.
I did manage to get the second pillow top for Henry sewn together.

The winner of my last giveaway was Betsy of MPV Dolls.
Perhaps she just dropped by for one visit and left a comment.
I don't know, but she never contacted me
with her snail mail address.
So I've redrawn the winner and she is
Christina from Queenopearls.
So, Christina, if you would please email me privately
with your mailing address
I will get your scarf in the mail to you.

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I hope you all have a great weekend


Thursday, October 08, 2015

Day 68

same dye as yesterday, on silk crepe de chine
it's lovely, but not nearly as intense

here it is again on cotton

it's been a busy day,
and we are headed out for an evening with friends in just a little bit
so here's all the sewing I was able to accomplish

maybe tomorrow I'll finish that second pillow for Henry!

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Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Day 67........Sweet!

It's been a super spectacular day....
you know the kind when everything goes right.
You hit every light green,
you see sights that make your heart sing
(like the Great Blue Heron above, soaring in front of me
as I paddled my kayak this morning),
and when you sew, all of your seams are perfect.
I love days such as this...
but then I love them all,
even the worst of them.

I paddled almost smack dab into my friend
the Green Heron this morning

She is such a beautiful creature.
She flew along beside me for a while,
and we chatted.
I did most of the talking.

I buckled down and got a row of pinwheels sewn together
while enjoying a cup of tea.

this is just a portion of the row....
and it's not warped as it appears here

.....and my dyeing for the day 
is this lovely piece of cotton,
ice dyed with Pro Chem's "Leaf Green"

I'm smitten!

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